Since our stay was so short, we had to maximise our time efficiently. Took a red-eye flight into Narita so that we could reach in the morning with a full day ahead; and took a night flight back to SG likewise. Both of us knew the place well, knew what we wanted, so no time wasted at all.
Our itinerary went something like this:
Day 1 - Arrival at Narita Airport, Narita Express to Shibuya, check-in at Shibuya Excel Tokyu, Tsukiji Market, Kappabashi, Shibuya
Day 2 - Check-out, Shinjuku for lunch, Limited Express train to Kawaji Onsen, check-in at KAI Kawaji
Day 3 - After breakfast, check-out and travel back to Shinjuku, shopping around Shinjuku, check-in at Shibuya Excel Tokyu, Shibuya
Day 4 - Little Pie Factory at Hiroo, Arisugawa Park, Shibuya
Day 5 - Jiyuugaoka, Aoyama, flight back to SG
We bought the pass and also booked the train tickets at the Narita Airport JR East Travel Service Centre.
Basically this is a consecutive 3-day pass for unlimited rides using reserved seats on Shinkansen, limited express and other regular trains in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto area.
The pass cost 8300 yen per person, which is value-for-money because a one-way ticket on board Narita Express is 3190 yen and two-way limited express train to/fro Kinugawa Onsen is 8000 yen. That's already savings of 3490 yen (and not forgetting the JR Yamanote line which we use quite often when traveling within Tokyo).
We reached the Shibuya Excel Tokyu at about 10.30am, which is usually too early for check-in. But the front office offered us an upgrade of room with immediate check-in (couldn't remember how much, maybe 2000-3000 yen) which we gladly took up the offer so that we could freshen up before the intense shopping ahead.
The room was good size with two Queen size beds. For stays in Japan, we usually opt for twin-bedded room rather than a single king bed room because the former room size is much bigger, so we have more room to pack our luggage.
Standard size bathroom, with a full-size bathtub.
Lovely view! We could see the Yoyogi Park in the horizon.
My favourite crossing of Shibuya.
After freshening up, we proceeded to Tsukiji Market, couldn't wait to tuck in to our first sushi meal!
Wish I could buy more stuff back. (Yes I pack grocery and fruits/veg back ok).
Saw some grilled beef, couldn't resist buying a stick for appetiser. Oishii!
Some of the sushi we ate.
Total damage, 5196 yen. And even with GST, the meal was about S$60 only! This could easily cost us $80-100 back home.
My lovely box of Yuzu from Tsukiji Market! 13pc for 2527yen (~S$28, ~S$2+ each). In SG supermarkets, if lucky to spot, each pc goes for about S$6.50. Lalalalala =D
After Tsukiji Market, I headed to Kappabashi for kitchen and baking stuff whereas hubby proceeded to his favourite fishing tackle shops.
A huge bowl of ramen like this cost less than S$10, the broth was so good!
After dinner, we went to Tokyu Food Show depachika, which is the basement food hall market. Japan depachika are definitely feasts for the senses and there's so much vibes that made me go high each time I visit.
Since I was still full from dinner, could only take in some ice-cream for dessert. Did I mention before that it's also very shiok to eat ice-cream during winter, especially after a hot bowl of ramen. LOL!
Stay tuned for next post, on Kawaji Onsen!!
- JR Kanto Area Pass - http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/kantoareapass/
- Narita Express - http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/
- Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu - http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/hotel/TE/TE_SHIBU/index.html
- Tsukiji Market - http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm